A concept closely related to society in Scotland is the Commonweal. It is a universal concept and is to many people the first thing they think of when they think about society. The Commonweal emphasises the importance of the many and not the few. It puts “all of us first” and embraces the fact that sometimes, people need help and support from the collective – the State – and we have a duty to treat them fairly. The Commonweal is essential for a fair society. It is a concept the people of Scotland have held onto dearly for many years – and it was our adherence to that principle that brought about constitutional change and limited devolution. Scotland once again has the opportunity to choose what kind of society we want to become and to choose a constitutional future which empowers us to deliver it.
Roderick Campbell, Member of the Scottish Parliament for North East Fife ( SNP )